Using a standard 52-card deck, each player is dealt five cards. The aim of poker is to form the highest-ranking hand. Each player bets into the pot based on the value of their hand. The winning player takes the pot.
The first player to make a bet is called the “active player”. The second player is called the “passive player”. During each betting period, all but one player may fold.
The first player to fold may do so if he believes that he does not have a good hand. If all players Check, play goes straight to the next round. In a tie, the highest unmatched card breaks the tie. Likewise, a tie among wild cards is broken by the highest unmatched card.
A player may also fold when he does not have a pair or better. In a draw, the player may decide to fill his draw with an extra card.
If the player does not fold, the dealer is responsible for shuffle the deck. A joker counts as the fifth card in certain special hands.
The player with the highest hand wins the pot. In a tie, the player with the second highest card wins. The player with the highest card breaks a tie when there are multiple people with the highest card. When there are no high cards, the player with the highest three of a kind is the winner.
In many no-limit games, the size of the betting stack can be increased to a large amount at any time. This is called an “all-in.” However, if the player does not have enough betting chips to match his bet, he can fold. Similarly, if a player raises too often, he may not have enough funds to continue.